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Nov 26, 2012

TV Review: THE WALKING DEAD: Season 3, Episode 7: When the Dead Come Knocking

David Morrissey Lauren Cohan The Walking Dead When the Dead Come Knocking

The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 7 When the Dead Come Knocking ReviewThe Walking Dead: Season 3, Episode 7: When the Dead Come Knocking was a drama and action ascent for the series. Michonne (Danai Gurira)’s introduction to the prison group was as rocky as could be expected but even more so (e.g. Rick Grimes [Andrew Lincoln] pressing her wound to get her to talk). Michonne is always quite and observant before she trusts someone and it was the same at the prison. She is one of the most sensible people on the show. She won’t even tell the group her name.

Later when they are moving toward Woodbury and are set upon by Walkers, she watches with satisfaction as the group kills Walkers. These are people of her ilk, good death-dealers to Walkers.

Each interrogation scene in When the Dead Come Knocking was a small movie with a beginning, middle, and end but Glenn (Steven Yeun)’s was the most complete motion picture. Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker)’s assignment of Glenn was insightful and accurate: Glenn was a good sneak in season one of The Walking Dead because he had guts, nerve, doesn’t rattle easily. That benefited him with his time with Merle. Glenn would have made a good soldier. The viewer knew it before the Walker was thrown into the room with him but Glenn is resourceful, even when his death seems assured.

Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan)’s interrogation was more about mind games, threats, and humiliation. I didn’t expect what happened would happen but as the viewer watches, they will recall a similar scene when Lieutenant Throne interrogated Athena in season two of Battlestar Galactica. In both scenarios, the writers didn’t shy away from presenting the audience with sexually disagreeable material. Maggie is tough (“You do what you’re going to do and you go to hell”) but not tough enough. When Glenn’s life was threatened, she does the same thing that Glenn did in the previous episode: She acquiesces to the presented demands. It was a tense moment but the outcome wasn’t really in doubt.

By talking, she exposed the prison and everyone inside it to The Governor (David Morrissey) and death. Glenn knew that and kept his mouth shut. He was prepared to die for the group. It was written underneath the bruises on his face.

I knew The Governor was sick but he is truly a sadist e.g. kissing the head and cheek of half-naked Maggie as Glenn looked on, periodically looking at him as he does so, driving the point home that the both of them are under his absolute dominion.

Now the prison has only five people to guard it when the Governor’s scouts come and how will Rick Grimes’ group get in and out of Woodsbury undetected and find Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie Greene? I’m guessing they take one of the sentries hostage and make him talk. We will have to wait and see.

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